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Current State of Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass as a Surgical Treatment Modality for Morbid Obesity in Adolescents

Chrestiana Dewi1*and Sucandy Iswanto2
1Abington Memorial Hospital, Department of Surgery, Abington, PA, USA
2Airlangga University School of Medicine, Surabaya, Indonesia
Corresponding Author : Dewi Chrestiana
M.D, Department of Surgery
Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington
117 N Easton Road Glenside, PA 19038, USA
Tel: 215-429-6400
E-mail: [email protected]
Received April 30, 2013; Accepted May 03, 2013; Published May 06, 2013
Citation: SDewi C, Iswanto S (2013) Current State of Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass as a Surgical Treatment Modality for Morbid Obesity in Adolescents. J Obes Wt Loss Ther 3:170. doi:10.4172/2165-7904.1000170
Copyright: © 2013 Dewi C, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Keywords
Adolescents; Morbid Obesity; Bariatric
Obesity in children has dramatically increased in number and is affecting health of many adolescents. Children with Body Mass Index >99th percentile tend to become obese adults with more health complications and a higher mortality rate than those who become obese in adulthood, therefore, obesity brings major concerns to medical providers and parents [1]. Even though bariatric surgery is not a permanent cure for obesity, it has been proven to improve obesityrelated co-morbidities in children, who have failed multiple nonoperative weight loss methods [2]. The use of bariatric surgery in older children is still not universally accepted, and data on this treatment modality is lacking. In order to investigate the current state of bariatric surgery in pre-adult population, we designed a meta-analytic study to evaluate the current state of laparoscopic roux-en-y gastric bypass (LRYGB) as treatment modality for morbidly obese adolescents.
Using PubMed, MEDLINE, and CHINAHL databases, a systematic review of most current and relevance articles from 2003 to 2012 was performed. A total 7 full articles were studied. Keywords used were adolescent, children, outcomes, and bariatric surgery. Improvement of obesity-related co-morbidities was emphasized in order to objectively evaluate the benefits of laparoscopic gastric bypass in morbidly obese adolescents.
A total six hundred and ninety two adolescents underwent laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) were included in the study period. The average preoperative body mass index (BMI) was 52.9 kg/m2, with mean age of 17, 10 years old (range: 11 to 23). Postoperatively, significant weight loss was seen at 12 and 24 months, with average outcome BMI of 35.9 and 33.8 kg/m2, respectively (Table 1). At 12 months, systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) decreased by 6.7% and 5.8%, respectively. Among chemical parameters, total cholesterol decreased by 15.7%. High density lipoprotein (HDL) exhibited a non-significant increase of 3.9%. Low density lipoprotein (LDL) and serum triglyceride levels markedly decreased by 15.1% and 38.9%, respectively.
Inge et al. [3] described that the prevalence of obesity among pediatric age groups in the United States has almost tripled in the past 30 years, with current conservative estimate indicates that 15.5% of children and adolescents are obese [3]. Our meta-analysis included 7 RYGB studies that described patient characteristics, postoperative outcomes, and complications. They have shown a significant weight reduction after LRYGB, with improvement in the systemic blood pressure and lipid panel. It is suggested that the timing of surgery is an important factor for success, as late referrals for bariatric surgery at higher BMI, potentially preclude reversal of obesity within the first postoperative year and may increase the risk of weight regain [3].
Regarding the obesity-related comorbidities, Teeple et al. [4] described that the rising trend of morbid obesity in children is associated with high incidence of obesity-related illnesses, such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obstructive sleep apnea, polycystic ovarian syndrome, hepatic steatosis, and cardiac dysfunction [4]. The overall postoperative complications rate after the LRYGB was 19.7%, which consisted of procedure-related/technical complications, systemic complications, and nutritional deficiencies. Anastomotic leak, bleeding, intestinal obstruction, surgical site infection, and venous thromboembolism represented the majority of procedurerelated complications. Dehydration, iron deficiency anemia, vitamin B, and vitamin D deficiency were the most commonly seen nutritional problems after LRYGB. Other systemic complications such as postoperative pneumonia, and clostridium difficile infection were seen in low frequency. These complications can be minimized with meticulous surgical technique, vitamins and minerals supplementation program, routine postoperative follow-up, exercise program, and lifestyle modifications.
In conclusions, laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in morbidly obese adolescents is safe and feasible. Surgical weight loss method in children results in improvements of obesity-related comorbidities and excellent weight loss outcome [5,6].
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